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White goes first in Prime Time League draft

[ 0 ] June 16, 2013 |

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Prime Time League coach Ron Nove has had Aaron White each of the past two seasons, so when he pulled out the No. 1 pick on Sunday, his decision was easy.

“I love the way he plays basketball,” Nove said. “He does so many things so very well.

“He asked me several times this summer if I was going to pick him, so when he was available, I picked him.”

White averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds last season for the Hawkeyes. He’s also been a PTL favorite for several years.

“Aaron White came in and made an impact right away,” PTL commissioner Randy Larson said. “He came in, and it didn’t take but two Prime Time games before you knew the recruiters had all missed on Aaron White.”

A year ago, Wisconsin transfer Jarrod Uthoff was the top pick in the PTL Draft. He went fifth on Sunday.

Sophomore guard Mike Gesell was picked second, then senior guard Devyn Marble third and sophomore center Adam Woodbury fourth.

Hawkeyes were selected with the first 10 picks.

After Uthoff went senior guard Zach McCabe, junior center Gabe Olasnei, sophomore guard Anthony Clemmons, freshman forward Peter Jok and junior guard Josh Oglesby.

Senior forward Melsahn Basabe won’t compete in the Prime Time League this summer.

And White and Marble will each miss at least one game, and perhaps the entire season, when they try out for the University Games team next week.

“He’s got to do whatever he does,” Nove said of White. “The Prime Time is important, but his future is much more important. He gets an opportunity to play for that team. It’s a tremendous opportunity. For him or Devyn, either one.”

Larson is excited for the upcoming Prime Time season, which starts 6 p.m. Thursday. Games are played on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons.

Iowa is coming off a 25-win season in which it made it to the NIT championship game in New York City.

Despite a smaller incoming class — just Jok — Larson again expects big crowds at the North Liberty Recreation Center.

“There’s so much excitement to see this competition on the court,” Larson said. “What the fan gets to see, they get to see the start of competition for playing time Thursday.”

Larson thinks the Iowa program is on the verge of big things.

“I’m tickled to see us back in this situation,” Larson said. “To legitimately think, we might win a Big Ten championship, get in the NCAA Tournament, and not only get there, but maybe go all the way to the Final Four … those days are back, and they are not going away soon.”

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